Public Sector Procurement Support

Funded by the Welsh Government, WRAP Cymru is working to assist public sector organisations in Wales by incorporating sustainability into their commercial strategies and procurement activities.

Strategic support is available to help organisations use procurement to meet their Well-being Goals, as set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and to align with the Welsh Government’s Procurement Policy and Towards Zero Waste strategy.

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Why focus on procurement?

The Welsh public sector spends approximately £6 billion each year on goods and services. As such, there is a significant opportunity for public bodies to use procurement positively to achieve beneficial environmental, economic and social outcomes and to help deliver the ‘Wales We Want’ objectives of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. 

The ‘Prosperity for All: A Low Carbon Wales’ delivery plan sets out a commitment for the public sector to decarbonise by 2030. This will require a fundamental change in the way goods and services are procured, and decisions taken now – in addition to longer-term procurement strategies – will influence the ability of the public sector to meet this commitment. 

Research by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership identified that approximately half of their carbon emissions are caused as a direct result of their procurement. Moving procurement from a purely ‘transactional’ and cost-focused approach to a more ‘life cycle environmental impact’ will help to prepare the Welsh supply chain for the low carbon markets of the future. 

To assist in achieving these ambitious objectives, WRAP Cymru on behalf of Welsh Government, is continuing to provide support  to public sector organisations to embed sustainability into their procurement strategies and individual procurement exercises or activities. 

What support is available?

Support is available to public sector organisations in Wales to help them:

  • procure more products with recycled content; and 
  • increase the procurement of products for re-use.

The primary aim of the support programme is to drive the market for recycled content and re-used goods, and in doing so, raise awareness, promote a more long-term sustainable approach to procurement and demonstrate, through showcasing best practice examples, leadership shown by public sector organisations in more sustainable procurement.

In combination with a number of delivery consultants with specialist expertise in this area, WRAP Cymru can offer a range of services including:

  • Facilitating workshops with procurers and suppliers to raise awareness, explore best practice and identify solutions to enable sustainable procurement
  • Delivering training for procurement staff on the principles and practice of procuring re-used products and products containing recycled content, including the use of existing tools and techniques where appropriate
  • Undertaking strategic spend reviews to identify the opportunities and produce procurement strategies to source more re-used products or products containing recycled content
  • Assisting in the production of sustainability specifications and criteria for use in procurement exercises
  • Producing bespoke contract management tools, and training procurers and suppliers on how to use them to enable accurate monitoring, reporting and management of supplier performance against specific environmental objectives  
  • Undertaking options modelling to identify opportunities and strategic priorities (such as influencing factors including cost savings, carbon savings, materials reduction, delivery against Well-being Goals etc.)
  • Producing guidance, case studies and a best practice portal for ongoing guidance and support

Apply for support

For more information and to apply, please contact WRAP Cymru’s Public Sector Procurement Support team by calling 02920 100 100

Alternatively, you are welcome to e-mail Resources.Wales@wrap.org.uk.

Case studies and guidance

WRAP Cymru has been delivering sustainable procurement support since 2016. Case studies have been produced to highlight examples of best practice and to provide an overview of the various actions that have been undertaken with public bodies to achieve beneficial environmental, economic and social outcomes for Wales through their procurement activities.

A free sustainable procurement guide has also been produced to assist Welsh public sector organisations in making evidence-based purchasing decisions for all products containing plastic.

Links to the case studies and guidance document can be found below: